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What is an implant for an inflamed tooth?

It is a safe treatment of placing dental implants under which gum infection affected tooth is extracted and another 6~8 weeks are spent for the recovery of the alveolar bone and soft tissues around the tooth.

Infection in gums caused by bacteria develops gum disease. This leads jaw bone to melt away and the tooth is loosened. In addition, the disease creates periodontal pockets around the tooth and causes constant inflammation.

Dental implant is required when the inflamed tooth misses its right timing for get treated.

The infection affected tooth needs to be extracted when the tooth is loosening to over 3 degree; the periodontal pocket depth reaches over 5 mm; and the tooth life expectancy is less than 5 years. It normally takes 6-8 weeks for the soft tissues around the tooth recovering before placing a dental implant. In the case of when inflammation is quite severe and too much of alveolar bone is melted away, patients need to wait for about 3 months to receive dental implants after bone grafting.

The characteristic of an inflamed tooth

In most cases of placing an implant for inflamed tooth requires alveolar bone grafting. This is because the alveolar bone that supports the tooth has melted away as certain part of four walls (buccal, lingual, posterior and anterior gingiva) that surround the tooth has disappeared. As a result, a dental implant cannot fixate on alveolar bone. After bone grafting, 3~4 months are required for patients to recover while 6 months are needed for patients with severely inflamed tooth. Once the implant is firmly fixed, prosthetics will be mounted on it. The severely inflamed tooth needs to be monitored and checked on an ongoing basis every 6 month to prevent from infection around the tooth.

Procedure

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It takes about 6~8 weeks until the jaw bone becomes healthy after extracting the inflamed tooth to remove inflammation.

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Placing a dental implant at the place of tooth loss.

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Grafting alveolar bone around the implant and wait until the implant and grafted bone are engrafted.

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3~6 months are required for the implant to be firmly fixated on alveolar bone. Once the implant is firmly fixed, prosthetics will be mounted on it to finish the operation.

FAQ

1. Is gums treatment not necessary after extracting the tooth that affected gum disease?

Periodontal disease should be treated to remove inflammation from the gum. The tooth that loosened as much as 3 mm due to severe inflammation needs to be extracted and treated to remove inflammation. Although the inflammation is completely removed, it can be reoccurred so the patients need to pay more attention on oral care and receive regular check-up in every 6 month.


2. Although only gums are affected by inflammation, is dental extracting and implant required?

It can be treated by teeth scaling depending on the degree of inflammation. However, tooth extracting is necessary when alveolar bone has melted away and loosened due to severe inflammation. The infection affected tooth needs to be extracted when the tooth is loosening to over 3 degree; the periodontal pocket depth reaches over 5 mm; and the tooth life expectancy is less than 5 years. In these cases, extracting is performed not for dental implant but for treating the tooth extracting area.


3. How long does it take to receive dental implant for patients who has severely inflamed tooth?

In general, patients with inflamed tooth need 6~8 weeks of convalescence to receive dental implant after extracting. When patients are seriously affected by inflammation on gums, it will take 3 months to place dental implant.